Mimicry - GiesenLeenders is photographers duo Maurits Giesen & Ilse Leenders
GiesenLeenders is photographers duo Maurits Giesen (1975) & Ilse Leenders (1979).
Having worked together on joint photographic projects since we completed our studies at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2001. We (Maurits Giesen and Ilse Leenders) try to combine inventiveness with technical expertise. We state that ‘each series has its own particular question’ although the thread running through our work is a cutting edge concern with pushing the technical, aesthetic and narrative boundaries of the medium.
The photographic projects are conceptual in approach but also have their own distinctive presence. The authority of our work lies in the meticulous care with which we construct and ‘direct’ each shot. We acknowledge the subliminal impact of different genres, from film noir to pulp fiction and graphic novels, but create convincing scenes that invite suspension of disbelief. These considered images often focus on anonymous fictional characters (always ourselves in disguise), although more recently our imaginary narratives have been inspired by specific locations, in particular the streets of Paris and the Western coast of the US.
french photographer xavier lucchesi has created the series ‘radio portraits’ or ‘interior landscape’ in which all of the images have been captured with a medical scanner. in this way the artist sees, the ‘internal journey of self’. lucchesi first has the subject’s image captured in an advanced x-ray machine either pictured by themselves or with a large or small object clutched to their figure. after the medical scan has been completed,
the image is enhanced by lucchesi digitally by the addition of color, highlighting of certain shapes or organs only visible to the human eye with the utilization of this photographic technology.
“Sound Wave” sculpture by Jean Shin – made out of melted records on wooden armature.
Records were melted and sculpted to form a cascading wave, dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete.
Pop culture characters are rendered into the barest of LEGO blocks by the Jung von Matt ad agency based in Hamburg, Germany. The listing of characters for each photo may be viewed after the images.
» The Simpsons
» South Park
» The Smurfs
» Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
» Lucky Luke and the Daltons
» Bert and Ernie
» Donald Duck and his nephews
» Asterix, Obelisk, and Dogmatix